Monday, April 30, 2012

Photo: Road to Baker, CA


We were delayed on the the road out of Las Vegas to Los Angeles at Halloran Summit east of Baker on Sunday. There was a horrible accident. Two children Sonya De Anda Martinez, 15, and Jesus De Anda Martinez, 6, died at the scene. A LifeFlight helicopter flew in to take the surviving victims to the hospital.

I was stuck for 45 minutes. I shot a few pictures so that I could remember the event. I don’t know why I document my life like this. It’s a bit of a compulsion. Five years from now I want to be able to remember this trip. This is one piece of the story.

The haze at the end of the road is the town of Baker, Ca. The accident was just over the horizon.

My mind does not let things go. I had to find out what happened. Now I’m sorry I did. My grandmother died the same way back in the 60s. A rollover on the road to Las Vegas. What a horrible way to die.

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Anonymous said...

Yes it was horrible. I was driving behind the vehicle when the tire blew. My boyfriend and two other men were first on the scene. This was definetly a moment that will never leave our minds and hurts our hearts.

Anonymous said...

Sonia was a in 2 of my classes and i would always make her laugh..she was so nice and kind...and now shes just gone..

Anne said...

I have the same compulsion to document life in unusual ways - I would have done the same thing.

It is a very sad way to go - and something that could happen to any of us at any moment. What you've done here is taken a moment to consider the lives lost in a very respectful way, and given others the opportunity to reflect and remember the accident and those lost.